After a long period of silence, KOAN Sound is set to release a brand new album. The duo consisting of Jim Bastow and Will Weeks has not released music since their “Dynasty EP” back in 2015. Over three years in the making, KOAN Sound has announced that they will be releasing a studio album called “Polychrome” on December 7th.
KOAN Sound made a lot of noise back in the day with releases on Skrillex’s OWSLA label as well as UK’s Inspected Records. Their new album, “Polychrome” will be released on their very own label called Shoshin Records. The album consists of 11 new tracks and unlike most other albums, the 11 tracks are meant to be listened to as a whole from start to finish. Each track will present a different element of electronic music while taking the listener on an atmospheric journey. When commenting on the their new album, KOAN Sound stated the following:
“We wanted the album to be listenable but also work live at the same time – that was the hardest part. We made every track as a cinematic piece; each one tells a story. There isn’t a lot of repetition in terms of structure and arrangement, and each progresses in such a way that we can play it live in its entirety”
The duo will make their return to the live stage in 2019 as well. Their first show will take place on February 16th in their hometown of Bristol at the iconic Trinity venue. Global dates are set to be announced as the time comes closer. Check out trailer of their new album ‘Polychrome’ below.
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By Real EDM — 6 months ago
Some musical trends come and go, while others stand the test of time. The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene falls firmly into the latter category – with new sub-genres being introduced all the time, plus sell-out concerts and festivals.
This is more than true in Las Vegas, America’s gambling mecca. EDM is a particular favorite here, with DJs Calvin Harris, Diplo and Skrillex all with residents at high-profile nightclubs. Vegas has always attracted the biggest musicians – and where the likes of Sinatra performed in the past, Tiesto is performing today. The soundtrack of the city has upped its pace.
Perhaps it’s the slightly decadent nature of EDM is in keeping with the bright lights and casino scene in this part of Nevada, or perhaps its 4/4 soundtrack is more than appropriate for the pulsating heartbeats and drama unfolding in the city’s casinos. Whatever the reason might be, the EDM scene is set to stay.
There are conflicting arguments as to who invented EDM. We can certain track the genre back to the mid-70s iconic disco tune ‘I Feel Love’ which was recorded by Diana Ross with more than a little help from synth wizard Giorgio Moroder. Dance and the electro sound seemed to be perfect partners but the decade would end in a more sombre fashion.
The late 1970s was a boom period for the electro genre with acts such as Tubeway Army, the Human League and John Foxx starting to dominate the charts. In turn, newcomers including Depeche Mode began to take over – this is the point where EDM music started to head into the clubs.
Many of the big name DJs employed electronic music as part of their act and in the modern day, we now have the big EDM artists who dominate that Las Vegas scene. The industrial edge to the music gave way and, as Summer and Moroder had intended, the dance element began to take over.
Utopia took full advantage of the global craze for EDM when it opened 1996. Boasting pyrotechnics and a booming soundsystem, it attracted superstar DJs such as Fatboy Slim and Carl Cox. It later closed and reopened as Empire Ballroom in 2008, when a new generation of house and trance DJs swept in to set dancefloors alight.
The best EDM acts in Vegas
EDM fans will naturally have their own opinions when it comes to naming the best acts around today – but there is much love for one artist who we sadly lost in 2018. Avicii passed away in April of that year but his work lives on and continues to be shared in Las Vegas and beyond.
Of those who continue Avicii’s legacy, Tiesto is perhaps the most well known. As he approaches his 50th year, the Dutch artist features highly on most lists of top electro acts. Tiesto has received numerous honours throughout his momentous career – and continues to hold a residency at the MGM Grand.
Also highly rated is Martin Garrix – another Dutchman who, this time, is just starting out with his career. Garrix has been spinning tracks in Vegas’s hottest nightclub: OMNIA.
Among those entertaining the EDM faithful in Las Vegas on the event calendar in 2019 are Drake, DJ Mustard, Lil Jon and Rick Ross.
Knock-on effect: how Vegas benefits from EDM popularity
While EDM continues to hold great interest across Las Vegas, its rise provides benefits not only for the clubs hosting the best DJs – but for Sin City in general. The host venues such as Tao at the Venetian and Hakkasan at MGM Grand have particular reasons to be grateful as they are full to capacity whenever the bests acts head to town. After all, these venues are able to attract more footfall into their casinos – and increase the number of gamers playing at their tables.
OMNIA is based at Caesars Palace is among the many casinos in Las Vegas to stage EDM nights. At the start of 2019, they were looking forward to the arrival of the mysterious Zedd – a superstar of the EDM genre – who is a versatile performer known for producing and songwriting as well as his successful DJing career.
Wynn Casino and the Mandalay Bay resort are other popular destinations and nights such as these provide a perfect opportunity to combine a great evening of EDM with a spin of the roulette wheel or a hand at the card tables.
And of course, anyone who visits Vegas to attend an EDM is of course going to visit the local restaurants, shopping malls and hotels – providing an all-round benefit for the city.
Clubs and casinos: living in harmony
Last year, Vegas received 42 million visitors. However, with casino revenue on the decline, this suggests that tourists are coming to the city for other reasons than just to gamble.
Another reason for the fall in revenue is the well-documented rise of online casinos, which are flourishing across much of the Western world. Convenient, accessible and more engaging than ever before, more and more gamblers are going online to play their favourite casino games. In fact, the online gambling market is predicted to be worth just shy of $60 billion this year.
Some online operators have gone a step further in a bid to attract players. One leading online casino, for example, has themed its whole brand around the glory days of Las Vegas, complete with a Wurtlitzer soundtrack and chequered flooring. This, along with its range of exciting and immersive online casino games, are hugely tempting for any gambler wanting to have a flutter without catching a bus, train or plane to Vegas itself.
In this era of unprecedented competition – not just from online but from Macau in Asia – Vegas’s land-based casinos are reaching out to EDM and other entertainment options to plug the gaps in casino revenue.
In the same way that Nashville dictates the country music scene, Las Vegas is now acknowledged in many circles as the centre for EDM. It’s a welcome addition to the area for local businesses too and while the venues can attract the top talent and pay the highest prices, the scene is set to thrive over the next few years and beyond.
Whether the turntables or the roulette wheel is spinning the most, both clubs and casinos are working hard to keep Vegas’s glamour alive.
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By Real EDM — 2 months ago
Spotify is discontinuing their upload beta program.
Nearly a year ago, Spotify rolled out a feature as part of Spotify for Artists that allowed content creators to upload their music directly to the platform. In an announcement today, July 1st, the streaming service has announced that artists will once again have to go through a third-party distributor.
“The most impactful way we can improve the experience of delivering music to Spotify for as many artists and labels as possible is to lean into the great work our distribution partners are already doing to serve the artist community,” reads a post to the Spotify website. “Over the past year, we’ve vastly improved our work with distribution partners to ensure metadata quality, protect artists from infringement, provide their users with instant access to Spotify for Artists, and more.”
The statement goes on to say that uploads will no longer be accepted at the end of July, and existing content uploaded directly by artists will need to be moved to a separate provider. Spotify will also give those who participated in the upload beta discount coupons from select distributors.
Spotify for Artists also includes creator-oriented services such as merchandise fulfillment, music page customization and concert promotion.
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By Real EDM — 2 weeks ago
Houston Texas based DJ and Producer Kayzo has been making a name for himself in both the dance and rock music scene for a while. There is no doubt that he’s at the forefront of the rock/bass music crossover trend.
Today, Kayzo announced via social media that he has a brand new album on the way. Titled ‘Unleashed‘, this album will see its release on Ultra Music on August 14, 2019.
This album features many solid collaborations – mixing his hard-hitting basslines with the raw energy of his rock guests. There are various collaborations with artists such as Of Mice & Men (‘Night Terror’), Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, Underoath, Bless the Fall, and Our Last Night. Apart from the rock collaborations, Kayzo also features big names from dance music. Also on the album will be ALRT, ARMNHMR, 1788-L, K?D, and the main vocalist from his first album, Micah Martin.
We’re extremely excited for this jam-packed album. You can pre-save it now right here. Let us know what you think of this huge announcement and monster collaborations.
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